Must Read Books Before Seeing the Movies!

Your Favorite Must Read Books Will Soon be in Theaters Everywhere!

Do you love or hate it when your favorite book hits the big screen? I admit, when I see a book I love as a movie I tend to like the book better. For this reason, I always try to read a “must read” book before seeing it in the theater. This way, I can have fun comparing the must read story using my own images. Seeing the movie first puts pictures in my head; I would rather see if my own thoughts are similar or totally different in the film!

On the Today Show this morning, BuzzFeed’s Isaac Fitzgerald shared his guide to must read books set to hit theaters in the coming months. Some of the books are for adults (hey, parents and teachers deserve some fun too!) and some are for kids. Here is the clip:

In case you can’t view the video, here are the must read books with a brief synopsis of each:

Must Read Books to Check Out Now – Kids

 

Wonder: August Pullman was born with a facial difference that has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. WONDER begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

In a world where bullying among young people is an epidemic, this is a refreshing new narrative full of heart and hope. R.J. Palacio has called her debut novel “a meditation on kindness.” Indeed, every reader will come away with a greater appreciation for the simple courage of friendship. Auggie is a hero to root for, a diamond in the rough who proves that you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

Please be sure to check out my post full of Wonder lesson plans, activities, and more! Click here to see it now!

The Adventures of Captain Underpants: The first book in Dav Pilkey’s mega-bestselling Captain Underpants series. George and Harold have created the greatest superhero in the history of their elementary school–and now they’re going to bring him to life! Meet Captain Underpants! His true identity is so secret, even HE doesn’t know who he is!

Acclaimed author and Caldecott Honor illustrator Dav Pilkey provides young readers with the adventure of a lifetime in this outrageously funny, action-packed, easy-to-read chapter book. With hilarious pictures on every page, THE ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS is great for both beginning and chapter-book readers. And like Dav’s other best-selling books of humor, it is sure to provide even the most reluctant readers with hours of fun.

Must Read Books to Check Out Now – Teens & Adults

 

Before I Fall: Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last.

The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.


The Circle: When Mae Holland is hired to work for the Circle, the world’s most powerful internet company, she feels she’s been given the opportunity of a lifetime. The Circle links users’ personal emails, social media, banking, and purchasing with their universal operating system. This results in one online identity and a new age of civility and transparency. As Mae tours the open-plan office spaces, the towering glass dining facilities, the cozy dorms for those who spend nights at work, she is thrilled with the company’s modernity and activity.

There are parties that last through the night, famous musicians playing on the lawn, athletic activities and clubs and brunches, and even an aquarium of rare fish. Mae can’t believe her luck, her great fortune to work for the most influential company in the world. This is even as life beyond the campus grows distant, even as a strange encounter with a colleague leaves her shaken, even as her role at the Circle becomes increasingly public. What begins as the captivating story of one woman’s ambition and idealism soon becomes a heart-racing novel of suspense, raising questions about memory, history, privacy, democracy, and the limits of human knowledge.

The Dark Tower: “An impressive work of mythic magnitude that may turn out to be Stephen King’s greatest literary achievement” (The Atlanta Journal-Constitution), The Gunslinger is the first volume in the epic Dark Tower Series.

The Gunslinger introduces readers to one of Stephen King’s most powerful creations, Roland of Gilead: The Last Gunslinger. He is a haunting figure, a loner on a spellbinding journey into good and evil. In his desolate world, Roland tracks The Man in Black, encounters an enticing woman named Alice, and begins a friendship with a boy named Jake.

Inspired in part by the Robert Browning narrative poem, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” The Gunslinger is “a compelling whirlpool of a story that draws one irretrievable to its center” (Milwaukee Sentinel). It is “brilliant and fresh…and will leave you panting for more” (Booklist).

Must Read Books to Check Out Now – Adults Only

 

must read50 Shades Darker (a must read for MATURE READERS ONLY): Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.

Desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought. When he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about Christian’s harrowing past.

While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her.

Which movie are you most excited to see? Do you have a favorite book that you wish would be made into a movie? Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts!

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